U.S. Policy toward Colombia Vindicated, Again

While you will not get the sense from the reporting in the media that it is so, U.S. taxpayers’ return on investments in Colombia, in the form of years of foreign assistance programs, is finally yielding some tangible results. Yet, rather than boosting support for one our staunches allies in the Western Hemisphere by approving …

Gov. Richardson’s Great Adventure to Venezuela Hurts U.S. Interests, Puts American Hostages in More Danger

In a diplomatic low point for the U.S., former President Jimmy Carter visited with terrorists in the Middle East last week. At a time when the Bush Administration is seeking to make some progress in Middle East peace negotiations, President Carter’s trip was, to say the least, not helpful and counterproductive to our national interests …

An Organization of American States Audit, Long Overdue

“We would never force our ally Israel to negotiate with Hezbollah or Hamas, why would we do any different with Colombia and the FARC?” It’s spring time and the tourist traffic is on a noticeable uptick in Washington, DC. One site near the National Mall, between the Washington Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, is the …

Venezuela, To List or Not to List

Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria are close allies of Venezuela – all state sponsors of terrorism.  Venezuela will feel right at home.  To list or not to list, that has become the question.  The Bush Administration is reportedly considering whether or not to list Venezuela as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.   The review may …

Colombia Wins, anti-U.S. Axis Loses – Opportunity to Exert Robust U.S. Leadership

U.S. Review of Venezuela’s Inclusion on the State-Sponsor of Terrorism List or Haven Designation, Warranted  Last week Colombia scored three significant victories by striking hard against the FARC-People’s Army terrorist group, yet you would not think so if you had focused on most news reports of the matter.  First, the FARC has been dealt a potentially fatal leadership blow.  The death of …

Colombia Fights Terror, Her Neighbors Aid and Abet It

Imagine for a moment that a well organized group of American citizens decide to secede from the Union.  These separatists, frustrated the lack of progress in their quixotic effort abandon legal and political processes and resort to illegal measures such as terrorism.  Since an overwhelming majority of Americans are turned off by these people, the group has …

Venezuelan Officials Keep Hinting Nuclear Ambitions, with Iranian Assistance

Last week two South American countries announced that they planned to build the region’s first nuclear-powered submarines.  It is not really clear why developing countries such as Brazil and Argentina would need such a device in peaceful South American waters, then nothing is ever really transparent with these two nuclear powers.   Fortunately build what they will, U.S. naval superiority can deal …